Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program


The Division of Infectious Disease and Global Medicine at the University of Florida is committed to the training of physicians in all aspects of infectious diseases with the goal of developing the next generation of infectious disease specialists with outstanding well-rounded clinical skills. Fellows who complete our program will have the skills and experience necessary to positively impact their profession and the people they will serve.

Our Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program provides strong training in a dynamic academic environment with opportunities not only in clinical infectious diseases but also in other areas such as basic research, tuberculosis, Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control, Rural HIV Infection, and Clinical Research Projects.


IDGM - Fellow (coats)

Top row (from left): Vishal Abiraj, Mariela Hernandez Cajigas, Jovanna Bertran Lopez. Bottom row (from left): Katie Veron Taylor, Daphne-Dominique Henson Villanueva, Andrew Abbott.

 


Our Mission Statement

Through education and research, provide the foundation for high quality, cost effective, compassionate care in Infectious Diseases locally and globally.  Our graduates are successful ID specialists who work in the private setting, academia, rural health and public health.

Program Aims

  • Train future ID physicians to become lifelong learners and future leaders in clinical practice, education, research and/or administration.
  • Provide an intensive educational environment with a diversity of clinical settings which promote progressive responsibility, graduated autonomy, and team-based collaborative care.
  • Offer a versatile training program with various educational tracks and electives to cater to residents’ individualized learning needs and career passions.
  • Engage residents in quality improvement/patient safety initiatives and scholarly research activity in order to promote a safety-oriented, evidence-based learning climate.
  • Maintain a culture of wellness and esprit de corps where fellow support, camaraderie and mentorship are top priorities.

Program Overview

The fellowship begins with an orientation to the University of Florida, Shands Hospital, and the Malcolm Randall Veterans Administration Hospital as well as an orientation to the inpatient and outpatient clinical services. The first two months of the noontime lecture series is dedicated to a didactic and interactive lecture series on general infectious diseases. Faculty members and fellows participate actively in these lectures as well as clinical case conferences. After the first three months of the fellowship, fellows will pick one of three training tracks, the clinical/education track, research track, or global medicine track depending on their specific career goals.  Once the fellows choose a track they will also pick a faculty mentor who will  meet with them regularly to ensure that they are making progress reaching their career goals and that they are taking advantage of the diverse and extensive training opportunities available at the University of Florida. Once the fellows choose their career track, they will then select among the various elective choices available that will enhance their educational and career development. The overall structure of the fellowship is listed below.

  • Year 1: The first year is mostly clinical with the majority of inpatient experience occurring during this time. Fellows will be on service at either the VA, North or South Tower of the Shands Teaching Hospital for 9 months and one month of microbiology. The other two months are for electives. Fellows will begin their continuity clinic as well as have an outpatient clinic at the VA.
  • Year 2: The second year is mostly for electives in the chosen career track for the fellow.  There are 4 months of inpatient service during the second year to give a total of 13 months of inpatient service time over the course of the fellowship. The inpatient service occurs at the same sites as in the first year and the continuity clinic extends into the second year.
  • Year 3: (Optional)  The third year is for those who chose the research and global medicine track and at this time will be dependent upon the availability of funding.

Career Tracks

  • Clinical/Education Track: This track is for fellows interested in careers in private practice, industry, or other clinical practice. The duration is two years. Fellows completing the clinical/education track will be expected to write up two case reports and submit for publication or submit two abstracts for presentation at national or international meetings.
  • Research Track: This track is for fellows interested in pursuing a career in academics or industry. Fellows will have ten months total after the inpatient clinical requirements and will have additional months in an optional third year if funding is available. Fellows will maintain weekend call and continuity clinic during this time. Fellows choosing the research track will be expected to author at least two abstracts to national or international meeting and submit as an author or co-author at least two manuscripts to a peer-reviewed journal.
  • Global Medicine Track: This track is for fellows interested in pursuing a career in academics, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, or other non-profits focused on working with international partners. Fellows choosing the global medicine track will be expected to author at least one review article, book chapter, or similar scholarly work agreed upon with the fellow’s faculty mentor.

Electives

  • During the course of the fellowship during the months when there is no inpatient assignment fellows will choose from the various elective rotations that are designed to enhance the career track chosen by the fellow. Fellows can choose any of the available electives regardless of their chosen career track. Fellows can also work with their faculty mentor on other electives that are not part of the currently offered electives but must make sure that they meet ACGME requirements. Available electives include HIV outpatient clinic, hepatitis, public health outpatient practice, pediatric ID, antibiotic management program and OPAT, wound care, hospital epidemiology, quality improvement, mycobacterial infections, research methods, research capstone project, biostatistics, international health rotations, tropical microbiology and parasitology in Haiti Field Lab, inpatient ID consults in international settings, and others.